Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOS ARE OPEN - Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

View WPJA photo stories from smaller weddings - WedElope | Choose love, not fear!

North America Wedding Photographers

Find Your North America Wedding Photographer

North America Wedding Photography, Engagement Photo Sessions + Elopements

YOU CAN'T STOP LOVE - In recent days, some of our North America wedding photographer vendors have expressed their desire to accommodate couples who don’t want to wait to be married and are rushing the ceremony.

Many brides and grooms around the globe are planning to elope and deciding to reschedule their original ideas for a big event because of current wedding size restrictions, social distancing, and mask requirements. They are getting wed on a whim, but dispensing with or postponing all else.

The WPJA has an abundance of top-ranked, documentary-style North America wedding photographers who are available right now who understand that some weddings and elopements can’t wait. Find yours today!

Most Recent WPJA WedElope Story Awards
November 29th, 2021
Lake wedding photographer | Bridal portrait in the rugged terrain of the mountains
November 22nd, 2021
Maceio, Alagoas BW church wedding photography | the bride walks triumphantly into the cathedral
November 15th, 2021
Wedding Portrait Photographer for Rapolano Terme, Tuscany | posing for a portrait that felt secretive

Elopement Photographers for Small North America Weddings

Shooting an elopement or small North America wedding event is a wedding photojournalist’s dream: a fairly open schedule with lots of breathing space for creativity – it’s just the photographer, the couple, the officiant, and perhaps a few select companions.

WPJA members are ready to document any courthouse, quick, city hall, or elopement wedding, even if it is a Monday-Thursday ceremony. Search for the “Can Shoot Weddings on Short Notice!” message on the listings below.

We are anxious to create a picture story chronicling your outdoor, religious, non-traditional, small wedding from beginning to end. In this sense, it is no different from any other event that we have covered. The emphasis is on documenting key moments, capturing spontaneous displays of emotion, telling your real love story, as well as creating artistic portraits and details.

Map of Wedding Photojournalists Serving North America Couples

294 North America Wedding Photographers...

Weddings, engagement portraits and elopement photography by Nikhol Esteras

Nikhol Esteras

Oaxaca de Juárez in Oaxaca, MX *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)

David Clumpner

Missoula in Montana, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5450 (USD)
Adventure wedding photography by Autumn Parry

Autumn Parry

Fort Collins in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3700 (USD)
Colorado adventure weddings, elopements and engagement photography by Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Arvada in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3600 (USD)
Portrait of Wedding Photographer Jacob Hannah

Jacob Hannah

Lincoln in Vermont, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5200 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement images by Mark Creery of Colorado

Mark Creery

Fort Collins in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)

Ken Pak

Washington DC in District Of Columbia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3900 (USD)
Kitchener, Ontario wedding and elopement photography by Lori-Anne Crewe - Canada WPJA

Lori Anne Crewe

Ayr in Ontario, CA *Now booking North America weddings.
275/hour (CAD)
Northern California Wedding Photographer Ian Chin

Ian Chin

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2850 (USD)
Wedding photography and elopements by Ray Iavasile of Michigan

Ray Iavasile

Birmingham in Michigan, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)
Adventure weddings and elopement photography by Lauren Lindley

Lauren Lindley

South Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4200 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photographer Annie Bang

Annie Bang

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2500 (USD)
Weddings and engagement portraits by Michelle Arlotta

Michelle Arlotta

Milford in New Jersey, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3950 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Erica Dietz

Erica Dietz

Slippery Rock in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2900 (USD)
Madison wedding and elopement photography by Ilana Bar-av of Wisconsin

Ilana Bar av

Madison in Wisconsin, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4800 (USD)
Shaun Baker - Wedding Photographer and Couple Portrait Professional

Shaun Baker

San Diego in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3200 (USD)

James Nix

Charlotte in North Carolina, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2500 (USD)
New England wedding photography by Oliver Parini

Oliver Parini

Burlington in Vermont, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3200 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Xiaoqi Li

Xiaoqi Li

Charlottesville in Virginia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4000 (USD)
California wedding photography by Brett Butterstein

Brett Butterstein

Encinitas in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3500 (USD)
Engagement Portrait Pro, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Johnny Shryock of the WPJA

Johnny Shryock

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4250 (USD)
Brenda Bergreen: Colorado Adventure Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Brenda Bergreen

Evergreen in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5000 (USD)
Portrait of Wedding Photographer Alex Paul

Alex Paul

Boston in Massachusetts, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4500 (USD)
Studio Portrait of Wedding Photographer Kate Crabtree

Kate Crabtree

Bangor in Maine, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4600 (USD)
Baltimore engagement wedding and elopement photography by Breanna Shaw

Breanna Shaw

Reisterstown in Maryland, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3850 (USD)
Ben Schaefer Engagement and Wedding Images

Ben Schaefer

Arlington in Massachusetts, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4000 (USD)
Cindy Brown Photography

Cindy Brown

Atlanta in Georgia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2700 (USD)
JD Land Wedding Photographer

JD Land

Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3800 (USD)
Brittany Diliberto, a wedding and elopement photographer at Bee Two Sweet Photography in VA

Brittany Diliberto

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4250 (USD)
Colorado Elopement and Wedding Photographer Trent Gillespie

Trent Gillespie

Silverthorne in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5200 (USD)

Laura Segall

Phoenix in Arizona, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2300 (USD)
Weddings by Chris Shum, Life Photographer

Chris Shum

Sunnyvale in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4500 (USD)
Adventure weddings, couple engagement shoots, and elopement photography by Jesse La Plante

Jesse La Plante

Boulder in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5800 (USD)
Elopement and wedding photography by Kate Hampson

Kate Hampson

Los Angeles in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4000 (USD)
Denver wedding and elopement photography by Caroline Robert of Colorado

Caroline Robert

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
5000 (USD)
Studio Image of Wedding Photographer Vinh Vo of 3M Studios LLC

Vinh Vo

Rockwall in Texas, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)
Engagements, Weddings and Elopement Photographer Lucy Schultz

Lucy Schultz

Lakewood in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4000 (USD)
Engagement photoshoots + wedding and elopement photography by Shea McGrath

Shea McGrath

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3500 (USD)
Elopements by Top Wedding Photographer Justin Edmonds

Justin Edmonds

Denver in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4300 (USD)
I AM SARAH V Photography - Wedding and Couple Engagement Images

Sarah V. Martinez

Dover in New Hampshire, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4275 (USD)

Penny McCoy

Columbia Heights in Minnesota, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3700 (USD)
Kevin Sawyer for Weddings and Engagement Photography

Kevin Sawyer

Lake Tahoe in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)
Chicago wedding and elopement photography by Victoria Sprung

Victoria Sprung

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3900 (USD)
Canada wedding and elopement photographer Esther Gibbons

Esther Gibbons

Montreal in Quebec, CA *Now booking North America weddings.
2500 (CAD)
Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende wedding and elopement photography by Jorge Alcala Goded of Mexico - Ritrae Studio

Jorge Alcala Goded

San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, MX *Now booking North America weddings.
1100 (USD)
Mid-west wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Madi Ellis

Madi Ellis

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3200 (USD)
Wedding, engagement and elopement photography by Anastasiia Polyakov, of So Tender Is Humanity

Anastasiia Polyakov

Arlington in Virginia, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3500 (USD)
Colorado engagements + wedding and elopement photography by Sean Lara

Sean Lara

Fort Collins in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
2650 (USD)
Wedding and elopement photography by Peggy Stevinson Bair - Heart of the Moment Photography LLC

Peggy Stevinson Bair

Leavenworth in Kansas, US *Now booking North America weddings.
995 (USD)

Philip Thomas

San Antonio in Texas, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4500 (USD)
Colorado wedding photography and intimate elopements by Stacy Gillespie

Stacy Gillespie

Silverthorne in Colorado, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4800 (USD)

Kenneth Clapp

Baltimore in Maryland, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)
USA wedding photography and engagements by Nicole Defilippis

Nicole Defilippis

Chicago in Illinois, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3950 (USD)
Engagement, Wedding and Elopement Photographer Dennis Crider

Dennis Crider

Loudonville in Ohio, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3000 (USD)
Wedding photography by Michael Freas

Michael Freas

Asheville in North Carolina, US *Now booking North America weddings.
3800 (USD)

Joyce Perlman

San Francisco in California, US *Now booking North America weddings.
4200 (USD)
BW wedding photography, elopement coverage and engagement portraits by Castille Alma

Castille Alma

Lyon, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
1700 (EUR)
Isabelle Bazin Wedding and Elopement Photographer - isasouri photo

Isabelle Bazin

Goutz, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
250/hour (EUR)
Engagement, elopement, and wedding photography by Julien Maria

Julien Maria

Gironcourt Sur Vraine, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
1900 (EUR)
Engagement, wedding and elopement photography by Jean-Baptiste Chauvin

Jean Baptiste Chauvin

Versailles, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
1800 (EUR)
Lifestyle portrait of Paolo Blocar, Wedding and Elopement Photographer of Aria di Foto

Paolo Blocar

Trieste in Trieste, IT *Now booking North America weddings.
1900 (EUR)
wedding photography by Franck Petit

Franck Petit

Serignac sur Garonne, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
1900 (EUR)
Engagement Portraits by top Wedding and Elopement Photographer Sylvain Bouzat

Sylvain Bouzat

Lyon, FR *Now booking North America weddings.
2900 (EUR)
Freek Nagtzaam is a wedding photographer going by the studio name of Platimo Photography

Freek Nagtzaam

's-Hertogenbosch in Noord Brabant, NL *Now booking North America weddings.
1495 (EUR)
Wedding Photography by Simona Cancelli

Simona Cancelli

Siracusa in Siracusa, IT *Now booking North America weddings.
1500 (EUR)
Wedding and elopement photography by Will Tee - SW Wedding Photo Studio

Will Tee

Taipei City, TW *Now booking North America weddings.
2000 (USD)

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4 more photographers available for your wedding...

2000 Canadian Dollar

Matt Green Photography: Matt Green

Kitchener in Ontario, Canada
3000 US Dollar

Eyenoticed Abby & Adam Photo: Adam Boole

St. Louis Park in Minnesota, United States
2300 Canadian Dollar

Wedding Photographer: W. Mike Lucy

Ottawa in Ontario, Canada

Mike has been working as a documentary photographer since his university days as the University Press Photo Editor, He has had a Leica in his hand since he first discovered photography at the age of 12. Prior to shooting weddings, Mike split his...

2500 US Dollar

Weddings by Ryan & Kate: Kate Hagerty

Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, United States

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North America Wedding Engagement Photography - Diamond Awards

Are you ready to find a creative and talented North America wedding photographer for an engagement portrait session to complement your story of love? Searching for some ideas and creative inspiration for your own North America pre-wedding photography? Pro members from the North America Wedding Photojournalist Association would like to help you add some unique and artistic pictures to your engagement photo gallery!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I find a photographer for a short-notice, small North America wedding?
A: There are many WPJA photographers who are able to help you out at a moment's notice. We understand that sometimes love happens and there's simply no time to lose. We can ensure that you can get married as quickly as possible — and have incredible photographs to remember your North America wedding day by.
Q: Who are the best North America wedding photographers for small elopements?
A: The WPJA is proud to have some of the top North America documentary wedding photographers for elopements. Our members are able to submit WedElope Stories that take you step-by-step, via a 9 image picture story, through the unique and moving elopements that take place around the world.
Q: Can a wedding photojournalist create artistic portraits on my North America wedding day?
A: While wedding photojournalists strive to capture candid moments on the wedding day, our photographers also are skilled artists who can compose powerful portraits. If you have a specific vision of what types of images you want from your wedding day, look at the top-ranked North America wedding photographers who have earned Artistic Guild awards for portrait and detail images.
WPJA Communiqué: Featured Wedding Photography Articles
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RAVES, REVIEWS, AND North America WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER RECOMMENDATIONS

The Century Hall black and white wedding picture of the bride and groom

Caleb and Bayley

Photo by Jared Lindsay

JARED, these are amazing, I’ve been laughing and crying as I scroll through them all. You killed it!!! -Bayley

Marina & Arseniy

Photo by Yuliya Skya

Yuliya you are not only a visionary but one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Out of all the vendors we worked with you were the most reliable and responsive. I completely trusted your work as soon as I saw your portfolio, and you didn't disappoint. We still have people complimenting us on our engagement and wedding photos and I always tell them it was thanks to Yuliya. You are daring and have a great eye for color, beauty and amazing action shots. You have a great photojournalist style, but you are also able to take more traditional photos if the wedding party asks for them. You and your partner Michelle were great to work with during our special day. Marina & Senya

Ariel & Jason

Photo by Tanarak Visessonchoke

Dear Tanarak, A heartfelt thanks for being our photographer on our wedding day. We enjoy it a lot every single time going through the photo album. Not only have you captured all precious moments over our wedding day so genuinely and beautifully, your professional and kind attitude is just lovely to be with. What an impeccable team you have! It has definitely been a true pleasure – thanks again, Tanarak! - Ariel & Jason-